2016 Temple Owls football team

The 2016 Temple Owls football team represented Temple University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Owls were led by fourth-year head coach Matt Rhule and played their home games at Lincoln Financial Field. They were members of the East Division of the American Athletic Conference.

2016 Temple Owls football
Temple T logo.svg
The American champion
The American East Division co-champion
Military Bowl, L 26–34 vs. Wake Forest
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionEast Division
2016 record10–4 (7–1 The American)
Head coachMatt Rhule (regular season, 4th year)
Ed Foley (interim HC, bowl game)
Offensive coordinatorGlenn Thomas (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorPhil Snow (4th season)
Home stadiumLincoln Financial Field
(Capacity: 69,176)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Temple xy$   7 1         10 4  
No. 19 South Florida x   7 1         11 2  
UCF   4 4         6 7  
Cincinnati   1 7         4 8  
UConn   1 7         3 9  
East Carolina   1 7         3 9  
West Division
Navy xy   7 1         9 5  
Tulsa   6 2         10 3  
Memphis   5 3         8 5  
Houston   5 3         9 4  
SMU   3 5         5 7  
Tulane   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Temple 34, Navy 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

On December 6, Rhule resigned to become the head coach at Baylor.[1] Special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Ed Foley led the Owls in the Military Bowl.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 27:00 p.m.Army*CBSSNL 13–2834,005
September 101:00 p.m.Stony Brook*
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPN3W 38–022,296
September 1712:00 p.m.at Penn State*BTNL 27–34100,420
September 2412:00 p.m.Charlotte* 
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ASNW 48–2027,786
October 112:00 p.m.SMU
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNewsW 45–2022,401
October 68:00 p.m.at MemphisESPNL 27–3434,743
October 157:30 p.m.at UCFESPNUW 26–2538,299
October 217:00 p.m.South Florida
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNW 46–3025,950
October 293:30 p.m.Cincinnati
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
CBSSNW 34–1329,763
November 47:00 p.m.at UConnESPN2W 21–022,316
November 193:30 p.m.at TulaneASNW 31–016,497
November 267:30 p.m.East Carolina
  • Lincoln Financial Field
  • Philadelphia, PA
ESPNewsW 37–1028,373
December 312:00 p.m.at No. 20 NavyABCW 34–1022,815
December 273:30 p.m.vs. Wake Forest*No. 24
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD (Military Bowl)
ESPNL 26–3426,656
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[3]

RosterEdit

2016 Temple Owls football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Ventell Bryant   So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 2 Avery Williams   Sr
DB 3 Sean Chandler Jr
DL 7 Haason Reddick   Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

Game summariesEdit

ArmyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Black Knights 0 7 7 14 28
Owls 0 10 3 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–4 2014 TEM, 33–14

Stony BrookEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Seawolves 0 0 0 0 0
Owls 14 14 10 0 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Penn StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 7 3 7 10 27
Nittany Lions 14 7 3 10 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–39–1 2015 TEM, 27–10

CharlotteEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 7 6 20
Owls 3 28 14 3 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2015 TEM, 37–3

SMUEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 7 7 0 6 20
Owls 21 14 3 7 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1–2 2015 TEM, 60–40

at MemphisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 6 7 0 14 27
Tigers 0 3 17 14 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2015 TEM, 31–12

at UCFEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 7 7 6 6 26
Knights 11 14 0 0 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2015 TEM, 30–16

South FloridaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 7 6 10 7 30
Owls 3 17 14 12 46
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2015 USF, 44–23

CincinnatiEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 0 13 0 0 13
Owls 10 7 3 14 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–7–1 2015 TEM, 34–26

at UConnEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 21 0 0 0 21
Huskies 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–5 2015 TEM, 27–3

at TulaneEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 7 3 14 7 31
Green Wave 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 2015 TEM, 49–10

East CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 7 0 0 3 10
Owls 7 14 6 10 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–8 2015 TEM, 24–14

at Navy–American Athletic Championship GameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 14 10 0 10 34
#20 Midshipmen 0 3 7 0 10

The Owls dominated a Navy Midshipmen football offense that was ranked in the top 20 in the country, coming off a 75-point victory the week before to win the first major conference title in Temple history. Temple sent one of its largest away crowds ever, with nearly half the fans in attendance supporting the Owls. Temple was ranked in all three major polls following the game and were invited to the Military Bowl vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons football on December 27, 2016.

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 2014 NAVY, 31–24

Wake Forest–Military BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Owls 7 3 10 6 26
Demon Deacons 14 17 0 3 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1930 TEM, 36–0

Awards and honorsEdit

American Athletic Conference All-Conference TeamEdit

  • First Team

Dion Dawkins, OT
Haason Reddick, DL

  • Second Team

Jahad Thomas, RB
Praise Martin-Oguike, DL
Avery Williams, LB
Sean Chandler, S
Aaron Boumerhi, K

  • Honorable Mention

Colin Thompson, TE
Stephaun Marshall, LB
[4]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 23 RV 
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 24 RV 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR 24 Not released

NFL PlayersEdit

NFL Draft CombineEdit

Four Temple players were invited to participate in the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.

# Name POS HT WT Arms Hands 40 Bench Press Vert Jump Broad Jump 3 Cone Drill 20-yd Shuttle Ref
#5 Jahad Thomas RB 5-10 190 lbs 30 1/8 9 4.62 11 32.0 in 116.0 [5]
#7 Haason Reddick LB 6-1 237 lbs 32 3/4 10 1/8 4.52† 24 36.5 in† 133.0 in† 7.01 4.37 [6]
#15 Nate Hairston CB 6-0 196 lbs 31 9 1/2 4.52 14 35.5 in 118.0 in [7]
#66 Dion Dawkins OL 6-4 314 lbs 35 9 7/8 5.11 26 26.0 in 106.0 in 7.30† 4.78 [8]

† Top performer

2017 NFL DraftEdit

Following the season, the following members of the Temple football team were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft.

# Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
#7 Haason Reddick 1 13 Linebacker Arizona Cardinals
#66 Dion Dawkins 2 63 Offensive lineman Buffalo Bills
#15 Nate Hairston 5 158 Cornerback Indianapolis Colts

[9]

Undrafted Free AgentsEdit

In addition to the draft selections above, the following Temple players signed NFL contracts after the draft.

# Name POS HT WT NFL Club Ref
#2 Avery Williams LB 5-10 224 lbs Houston Texans [10]
#5 Jahad Thomas RB 5-10 188 lbs Dallas Cowboys [11]
#8 Phillip Walker QB 5-11 205 lbs Indianapolis Colts [12]
#11 Romond Deloatch TE 6-4 245 lbs New York Giants [13]
#50 Praise Martin-Oguike DL 6-1 255 lbs Miami Dolphins [14]
#86 Colin Thompson TE 6-4 255 lbs New York Giants [15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/matt-rhule-baylor-head-coach-temple-120616
  2. ^ http://www.owlsports.com/news/2016/12/6/football-ed-foley-named-interim-head-caoch.aspx
  3. ^ "2016 Temple Owls Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.owlsports.com/news/2016/11/30/football-owls-place-nine-players-on-all-american-athletic-conference-teams.aspx?path=football
  5. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/jahad-thomas?id=2557918
  6. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/haason-reddick?id=2557887
  7. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/nate-hairston?id=2558108
  8. ^ http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/dion-dawkins?id=2557875
  9. ^ "2017 NFL Draft". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  10. ^ Aaron Wilson [@AaronWilson_NFL] (29 April 2017). "Avery Williams to Texans on undrafted free agent deal, per his agent, David Canter" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Cowboys Nation [@CowboysNation] (29 April 2017). "Undrafted Temple RB Jahad Thomas is signing with the Cowboys" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Jeff Skversky 6abc [@JeffSkversky] (29 April 2017). "Temple QB Phillip Walker will sign an Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Deal with the Indianapolis Colts a source tells…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Geoff Collins [@CoachCollins] (30 April 2017). "GREA'][' 3 days for @Temple_FB at the #NFLDraft @ColinThompsonTU @Romond_Deloatch @coachedfoley" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Martin-Oguike [@MartinPraiseO] (29 April 2017). "New home! 🙌🏿 Thankful for the opportunity! 🙏🏿 #miami #dolphins" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Colin Thompson [@ColinThompsonTU] (29 April 2017). "Lets go Giants! Honored to be a NYG! Let's go! @Giants" (Tweet) – via Twitter.